The Road Dog
Director / Writer / Producer
Greg Glienna is a talented screenwriter, director and musician who lives and breathes movies and the business of entertainment.
Greg honed his craft through hands-on experience, working the circuit as a standup comedian, opening for such artists as David Copperfield, Tim Allen, and Emo Phillips. In his spare time, he made short films. With the financial backing of Emo Philips, he co-wrote, directed, and starred in the original Meet the Parents. The independent film played successfully in Chicago, and art houses around the US and London. Before Steven Soderbergh brought the movie to the attention of Universal Pictures, which led to the smash hit 2000 remake starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro
Greg believes that “It's almost impossible to ruin a great script, and it's impossible to make a great movie out of a bad script.” His passion for film, music and entertainment and his drive to create quality work always shine through because it’s what he will leave the world. And in the end, he’d rather leave them laughing.
I began my career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian at the age of nineteen for more than a decade and when I wrote and directed “The Road Dog”, I wanted to capture the authenticity and realism of the comedy world during its decline in the 1980s and 1990s. I am incredibly thrilled with Doug’s performance, who immediately recognized the true reflection of the comedy world in the script.
With "The Road Dog," I aimed to stay true to life and capture the struggles of addiction and the humorous yet real raw moments that often accompany it. This film is dedicated to my older brother David Glienna, who struggled with alcoholism and has been missing for three years. It is also loosely based on a comedian that my co-writer Tony Boswell and I knew well.
As the director, I see my role as the final draft of the screenplay, and I hope audiences will appreciate the film as much as I do.